Choose drought-resistant plants for the garden to cut down on the need for watering.
To avoid creating waste, choose products with the least amount of packaging.
Take time to work out how much you need before making a purchase. If you do this for items such as food and paint you'll avoid paying for quantities that will only go to waste.
Reduce toxins in the home – always leave outdoor shoes at the door.
Choose rechargeable batteries and a battery charger to cut down on disposables. Eventually recyclable batteries reach the end of their life too but they can be recycled – local recycling policies vary so check with your recycling facility.
Switch to LED lights. They cost less to run and last longer than any other bulb.
Filter water for all uses, not just drinking. Install a water filter instead of filling up those jugs.
Use beeswax candles instead of ordinary paraffin candles. They burn cleaner, brighter and last longer. They also emit negative ions which improve air quality.
Avoid creating waste. When ordering food avoid plastic utensils or straws by asking in advance.
Instead of buying paper napkins for each celebration buy cloth napkins that you can use again, or make your own.
Share the little things in life, such as newspapers, magazines, books and DVDs, between friends and neighbours.
If you only need a tool or piece of equipment infrequently then instead of buying one, save resources by asking a friend or neighbour if you can borrow one. Or check online for a lending club, such as Streetbank.
Use charcoal deodorisers around the home to absorb rather than mask odours and toxins.
Save and re-use the little sundries that come along with packaging, such as rubber bands, twist ties and boxes.